Health Archive
22 July 2014, 06:20 PM ET
Officials in China have sealed off the city of Yumen after one resident died from bubonic plague, reports say. But this action is puzzling to U.S. infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme.
22 July 2014, 02:18 PM ET
A Los Angeles philanthropist is donating $650 million to improve understanding of the genetic and molecular causes of schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses.
22 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
It's not only sugar that raises alarms in diabetes. Having a high-salt diet may double the risk of developing heart disease in people with diabetes, according to a new study from Japan.
22 July 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Although antioxidant have been thought to fight cancer, emerging research shows they don't have this effect. Now, scientists are trying to explain why antioxidants may not lower people's cancer risk.
22 July 2014, 10:52 AM ET
People with Parkinson's disease may have higher levels of creativity than their healthy peers, and these flights of fancy increase with higher doses of medication, new research finds.
22 July 2014, 01:24 AM ET
Narcolepsy is real, and serious — one of many sleep disorders that afflict Americans.
21 July 2014, 11:30 PM ET
Researchers have identified 83 new gene variants that are linked with the risk of schizophrenia, according to a new study. Many of the gene variations are common, and are found in healthy people, the researchers said.
21 July 2014, 07:00 PM ET
The HIV/AIDS community expressed sadness today over the loss of prominent AIDS researchers and activists who were aboard flight MH17, saying that the tragedy could also be a setback for research in the field.
21 July 2014, 05:22 PM ET
Eating food with "good bacteria" or taking probiotics supplements may help reduce blood pressure, according to a new analysis.
21 July 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Child sex trafficking crimes occur each day in the United States, and doctors can play a role in identifying victims, getting them care, and ultimately preventing such crimes, researchers say.
21 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Women make up a quarter of heart attack patients among the relatively young, but they fare worse than men.
21 July 2014, 08:58 AM ET
Humans are getting taller; they're also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say.
20 July 2014, 02:42 PM ET
The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year in the United States has declined overall in the last decade, but there have been increases in among young gay men, a new study finds.
19 July 2014, 02:50 AM ET
The danger of reporting findings before peer review is that scientists often can’t talk about the details of their research, which can lead to hype or fear in the media.
18 July 2014, 06:58 PM ET
Bikram yoga is a type of yoga that involves a sequence of set poses and is usually done in a hot room at or above body temperature.
18 July 2014, 05:28 PM ET
Hormone replacement therapy, also called menopausal hormone therapy, is a treatment for the symptoms of menopause.
18 July 2014, 05:11 PM ET
A 10-year-old boy suffered from ear pain and hearing problems for years before doctors were finally able to crack the case.
18 July 2014, 03:36 PM ET
18 July 2014, 03:34 PM ET
Estrogens are hormones that that are important for sexual and reproductive development, mainly in women. They are also referred to as female sex hormones.
18 July 2014, 03:09 PM ET
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when cartilage between the joints wears down over time.
18 July 2014, 12:36 PM ET
in the future, taking probiotics may help people with conditions as far ranging as obesity and allergies, emerging research suggests.
18 July 2014, 11:38 AM ET
The largest organ in the body, the skin, is sometimes said to be a window into a person's general well-being, because it can carry clues about the health of other organs.
18 July 2014, 02:33 AM ET
Natural or bioidentical hormones are plant-derived products closely resembling the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone produced in the body, but not only is the term bioidentical in this context a misnomer, the products pose a serious safety risk.
17 July 2014, 05:24 PM ET
A Florida man may be the first person to become infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya within the United States, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced.
17 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
People feel a stronger urge to drink more alcohol when their drink contains an energy drink, along with alcohol, a new study finds.
17 July 2014, 04:01 AM ET
In treating influenza patients, doctors have prescribed unnecessary antibiotics, while not prescribing antiviral medication for all patients who could benefit from it.
17 July 2014, 03:42 AM ET
Certain asthma medications may slightly restrict growth in children, but the effect is small compared to the benefits of the drugs, according to new research.
16 July 2014, 11:32 PM ET
While the idea that we could be duped by shape-shifting aliens is a great idea for a film, the story echoes a bizarre appeal playing out around Senate elections in the United States.
16 July 2014, 07:43 PM ET
Runners actually save energy by swinging their arms when they run, a new study finds. Runners burn more calories when the arms are held still.
16 July 2014, 06:48 PM ET
Policies aimed at lowering the rate of smoking may also lower the rate of suicide, a new study finds.
16 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Niacin, or vitamin B3, is too dangerous and should not be used routinely by people looking to control their cholesterol levels or prevent heart disease, doctors say.
16 July 2014, 04:35 PM ET
According to the National Institutes of Health, there is no convincing scientific evidence that magnets can relieve pain.